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Wakeup Call: You have got to be kidding

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> You have got to be kidding.

Today is Joe Starkey’s day to columnize, and he does it quite well on this topic. I’ll keep my own thoughts to a minimum as a result.

In fact, here, I’ll just remind you of this quote from Bob Nutting to the Trib on Sept. 15, 2012, regarding front-office job security: “There are loads of reasons and explanations, but the bottom line is we’re not playing acceptable baseball. There is nothing acceptable about the way we’ve played the last couple weeks. We recognize that, and we’re going to do everything we can to correct that.”

That “everything we can” apparently took Nutting a whopping nine days. Because that’s how long it took for him to permit Frank Coonelly to put out that statement yesterday. The quote up there is in the future tense. The quote was in direct response to a direct question about front-office job security.

Nine days.

That was enough to convince Nutting.

So, even if the plan moving forward is to try to work on processes and the like, it still means it took him exactly nine days to decide these men are his unconditional choices to do that. That’s the starting point for a franchise that has experienced two consecutive historic collapses.

Does this even require a comment?

>> Actually, you know, here’s one comment, only it’s not from me.

This was from Neal Huntington to reporters Sunday in Houston, trying to explain Collapse 2 in part by saying that balls just have not been falling in for the Pirates: “It doesn’t mean it’s bad luck, but … yes, it means it’s bad luck. We’ve done some things to not play well, and we’ve had some things go against us.”

Bad luck. For real.

This is from the man who will be most tasked to fairly self-examine the Pirates’ baseball processes.

Just stick voodoo pins in the baseball gods!

>> Reader Keith Froehlich submits this vid to accompany above entry …


>> If you’re good at visualization, try to picture Mike Tomlin or Ray Shero uttering anything resembling that quote. Under any circumstance.

That’s when you start seeing the problem.

>> Here’s another comment, also from someone else …


Thanks to reader Lee C.J. Sobotka for the apropos find.

>> As Joe points out is column, Nutting has not yet been heard on this topic. On Sunday, Huntington declared the two guys under him safe. Yesterday, Coonelly declared all three of those guys safe. Neither of those men has final say.

>> We’ll have what I would expect to be a lively chat today at noon.

>> Today should be Day 10 of Nutting’s in-depth look at the team he owns.

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